Batsheva Dance Company To Premiere "SADEH21"
UCSB Arts & Lectures presents world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company in the Santa Barbara premiere of SADEH21 on Tuesday, November 4 at 8 p.m.
Known for its power, speed and passion, Israel's Batsheva Dance Company is among the most electrifying contemporary dance companies in existence. Pulsating with history and heart, politics and place in a collision of fiery individualism, the company's unique movement language tells evocative stories.
"Intense and engrossing... Rich in choreographic ideas and performed with a kind of rugged grace that often surprises." The Sydney Morning Herald
"SADEH21 is, first and foremost, a celebration of dance... [The dancers] are living sculpture that defines space and time." The Globe and Mail
Batsheva makes its long-awaited return to Santa Barbara as part of its 50th anniversary tour of the U.S. Originally shaped by Martha Graham, the company was propelled into a new era by the adventurous curatorial vision and distinctive choreographic voice of Artistic Director Ohad Naharin, whom The New York Times calls "one of the most fascinating dancemakers on the planet."
With themes swaying from political to playful, Naharin's riveting dance odyssey SADEH21 explores and pushes boundaries in a voyage of cinematic proportions brimming with originality and raw vitality. The piece includes music by Brian Eno, David Darling, Autechre and The Hafler Trio, and more.
Tickets to Batsheva Dance Company's performance are $35 to $45 for the general public and $19 for UCSB students with a current student ID. (An Arlington facility fee will be added to each ticket price.)
About Batsheva Dance Company
Batsheva Dance Company has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. Together with its junior Batsheva Ensemble, the company boasts a roster of 34 dancers drawn from Israel and abroad. Batsheva Dance Company is Israel's biggest company, maintaining an extensive performance schedule locally and internationally with more than 250 performances and more than 75,000 spectators per year.
Hailed as one of the world's preeminent contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin assumed the role of artistic director in 1990. Batsheva's dancers take part in the creative processes in the studio and create works themselves in the annual project, "Batsheva Dancers Create," which recently culminated in public performances Sept. 21 through 23 in Tel Aviv.
Batsheva Dance Company was founded as a repertory company in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who enlisted Martha Graham as its first artistic adviser. Since 1989, Batsheva Dance Company has been in residence at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv.